I've been thinking about this for awhile--
First of all, I realize that plastic has its place, especially on rocky coastlines with rough surf.
Paddling performance suffers, though, with the more flexible medium. It just doesn't respond as well to paddler input, and the flexibility can actually be distracting. I feel the same way with respect to kevlar vs. wood. Kevlar is amazingly tough stuff, but it still doesn't have the stiffness of wood.
I think Necky may have made the plastic model with harder chines and sharper lines to keep the boat stiffer, and it sure adds rolling resistance. If I remember correctly, the sheerline is really crisp, and it seemed to me to inhibit hard leaned turns in a way that the glass model didn't.
I'm also starting to look at very subtle things here. I'm not knocking the Looksha IV (even in plastic)--my earlier post probably sounded like that. It's really an apples to apples comparison--I don't even paddle the big, fat oranges anymore! They all have their place, but I'm just debating the finer points and whether the Fuji tastes better than the Rome apple.
If I had to choose a plastic boat, though, it would be between the IV and the CD Squall. Compared to the CD Storm and Perception Chinook, the first two win hands-down!!
: I paddle a Looksha IV plastic. Out here on Alaska'a Aleutian Chain just about
: every kayak is plastic. Fiberglass would not hold up to well out here. I
: am assuming you paddled a fiberglass IV. Having never paddled a fiberglass
: model I find it interesting there is that much difference.
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